Submitted by Paula Guy on Mon, 20/08/2012 - 15:06
Meadowlark On The Grand Union Canal
Saturday 18th August
It was one weekend a few months back when John and I were walking along the canal towpath that we decided it would be a great idea to hire a narrowboat for a day. When we got home a Google search revealed a hire company just a few miles away from us. A few emails later the date was set and the ‘Meadow Lark’ had been reserved for us.
We met up with some family members in Cosgrove, gathered our picnics and cameras and made our way on to the towpath. We hired from Cosgrove Narrowboat http://www.cosgrovenarrowboats.co.uk and they were brilliant. Carol greeted us and took us through a few safety procedures, then we set sail ….. well, more of a chug really! There is a lock within the first few feet of cruising and Carol came onboard with us to help us through. John was driving and trying to get used to the way the boat worked and all eyes were on him as people watched on from the bank, he did bump and bash around a bit in the lock, but I thought he did exceptionally well all things considered. The first five minutes were spent weaving around a bit as John got used to the length of the boat and the fact that you push the tiller in the opposite direction to that in which you want to move.